William Comstock (1594-1679)
Elizabeth Daniel (1607-?)
William Comstock, son of William Comstock, was born in Culmstock, Devonshire, England. His baptismal record appears in Surname Index of Records for 1550-1636, St. Martins in the Field Church, London, England. The text is in Latin:
Guilielmus Coomstocke baptized 4 July 1596
William married Elizabeth Daniel. She was a daughter of Henry Daniel. Henry Daniel was born about 1582 in Much Hadham, Hertford, England. He was a son of John Daniel and Elizabeth Pebite.
William and Elizabeth had six children. The first three were born in England, and the three youngest were born in Connecticut:
John Comstock 1624-1680 m. Abigail Chappell in 1661; died in Lyme CT Samuel Comstock 1628-1660 m. Ann Tucker in 1652; died in Providence RI Daniel Comstock 1629-1682 m. Palthiah Elderkin in 1653 Elizabeth Comstock 1633-1659 m. Edward Shipman in 1650; died in Saybrook CT William Comstock 1634-? Christopher Comstock 1635-1702 m. Hannah Platt in 1663; died in Norwalk CT
The above data suggests that the family left for America about 1631 or '32.
The following information on William Comstock comes from the book, A History and Genealogy of the Comstock Family in America by John Adams Comstock. Published by The Commonwealth Press, Inc., Los Angeles, CA, 1949. Book found in Ft. Wayne, Indiana Library.
Elizabeth died in 1665 in New London CT. William died in 1679. The History of New London states that he lived on Post Hill near the north corner of Williams and Vauxhall Streets.
Daniel Comstock (1629)-1682)
Palthiah Elderkin (1634-1712)
Daniel Comstock was born in 1629/30 in London, England. In 1631 or '32 he traveled to America as an infant with his father and two brothers, John and Samuel, age about 4 and 8.
In 1653, at age 24 he married Palthiah Elderkin. Over the next 24 years they had 14 children:
Mary Comstock 1655-? m. Samuel Young Sarah Comstock 1657-? Hannah Comstock 1659-? Hope Comstock 1660-? Ann Comstock 1662-? m. Ebenezer Billings Zipporah Comstock 1663-? Elizabeth Comstock 1665-? Abigail Comstock 1666-? Bethia Comstock 1667-? Daniel Comstock 1671-1746 m. Elizabeth Prentiss Rebecca Comstock 1671-? m. Daniel Stebbins Kingsland Comstock 1673-? m. Mary Atweel Patience Comstock 1675-? Samuel Comstock 1677-1757 m. Sarah Douglas
Daniel died in 1683 at age 53. Palthiah died in 1713 at age 78.
Daniel Comstock (1671-1746)
Daniel married Elizabeth Prentice on 23 May 1700.
As far as is known, he lived his entire life in New London, CT. His will was proved 28 May 1746.
They had seven children:
Peter Comstock 1701-1742 m. Martha Avery Daniel Comstock 1703-? m. Elizabeth Avery John Comstock 1705-? m. Mary Lee Thomas Comstock 1710-? m. Eliza Ward James Comstock 1712-? m. Hannah Allen Jonathan Comstock 1714-? Elizabeth Comstock 1717-? m. Ebenezer Waterman
Peter Comstock (1701-1742)
Martha Avery (1706-1763)
Peter married about 1723 Martha Avery. She was a daughter of Samuel Avery and Elizabeth Ransford.
Peter Comstock died at sea in 1742 at age 41. The circumstances are unknown in the record. Many of the Comstocks of this period were sea faring men. In a tragic coincidence, his uncle Thomas Comstock was lost in a hurricane at Nevis in the Caribbean.
Following Peter's death, Martha married, 2nd, Peletiah Bliss, a son of Samuel Bliss and Ann Elderkin.
Peter and Martha had seven children, the first five baptised in Montville CT, the last two in New London CT:
Elizabeth Comstock 1722-? m. Jonathan Chappell. He died 1786, and was a son of Joseph Chappell and Bethiah Dart. Jemima Comstock 1725-1809 m. Richard Chappell, brother of above Mary Comstock 1729-? Peter Comstock 1731-1803 m. Elizabeth Fitch. His second wife was Sarah Mirich. Ransford Comstock 1737-1814 m. (1) in 1761, Catherine Vibber, and (2) in 1782, Azuba Davis. He died in Exeter NY. Thomas Comstock 1739-1777 m. Sarah Comstock Daniel Comstock 1742-1816 m. Mary Bishop
Daniel Comstock (1742-1816)
Mary Bishop (1744-1828)
Daniel Comstock was the youngest child of Peter. He was born in 1742, the same year his father died while at sea.
He married Mary Bishop 27 October 1763, and they had nine children:
Zachariah Comstock 1764-1883 m. Polly Wood Levi Comstock 1766-1847 m. Hannah Bacon Vine Comstock 1769-1777 Elisha Comstock 1771-1848 m. Polly Tracy Elijah Comstock 1775-1777 Clarinda Comstock 1779-1822 m. Jedediah Boynton Lucy Comstock 1782-1806 m. Burgess Hall Martha Comstock 1786-1786 Abigail Comstock 1789-1838 m. John Anderson
Their first three were born in New London, Connecticut, which had been the home town of four generations of Comstocks. In about 1770, the family moved to Sunderland, near Bennington, Vermont. They lived there for about 12 years, during which time four more children were born. Sometime during 1783-85, the family then moved to Shelburne, Vermont, and had the last two children, Martha and Abigail.
Daniel Comstock was a true patriot during the American Revolution. His service record is impressive and is the basis for his great-great-great-great granddaughter, Elizabeth Wooster Singer's membership in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). His Record of Service includes the following:
1778, Sergeant, 27 days ending June 29, Capt. Brownson's Company
A pay table dated 21 August 1783 lists Daniel Comstock as Captain commanding two Lieutenants, four sergeants, four corporals, and 56 privates. Among the privates were his two oldest sons, Levi and Zachariah Comstock, then ages 19 and 17.
It is interesting to note that in the same military record, just a few pages separate the above payroll from another payroll which includes John Singer, the ancestor of Eugene Singer who would marry Elizabeth Wooster 160 years later.
Daniel died in Shelburne in 1816.
Zachariah Comstock (1764-1883)
Polly Wood (1773-1841)
Zachariah Comstock was born 15 November 1764 in Norwich CT.
On 13 February 1794, in Sunderland VT, he married Polly Wood. She was born in 1773 in Shelburne, Chittenden, VT. She was the daughter of James WOOD and Molly CARPENTER.
He died 2 February 1883 in Jay NY; Polly died 20 April 1841 in Elizabethtown NY.
They had five children:
Christina Comstock 1794-1872 m. Selah Pickett Samantha Comstock 1795-1855 m. David Frech David Comstock 1801-1858 m. Charlotte Blake Diantha Comstock 1805-1805 d. same day Clarinda Comstock 1810-? m. Rev. Owen Gregg
Christiana Comstock (1794-1872)
Selah Pickett (1791-1872)
A note from great-great-granddaughter, Elizabeth Wooster Singer:
I have always felt close to Christina Comstock. As a small girl I often visited my Aunt Ethel's house (Ethel Wooster), and was fascinated by the framed Sampler made by Christina that had remained in the family more than 150 years. The Sampler eventually came to me, and I regret that it as well as many other antiques and heirlooms were destroyed when our home in California was burned in a brush fire in 1980.
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